Saturday, August 19, 2017

Google now rolling out video previews in search results

Ever see videos in your search results and wonder what they’re all about, but you don’t want to press play and sit through each one? Google’s rolling out a new feature to help with that.

Google is launching video previews in search results. When you’re using the Google app for Android or Chrome for Android and video results show up in the video carousel, you’ll now see GIF-like video previews. These will help show you what a video is about before you tap play.

By default, video previews will only play when you’re on Wi-Fi. You can change this to play video previews over cellular or disable video previews altogether by going into the settings menu of the Google app of Chrome for Android.

Video previews will start appearing today, and Google says that they’ll roll out more broadly next week.

These video previews in search results seem pretty handy, helping you to get an idea of what’s included in a video without forcing you to tap play and sit through each video in your search results. It’s also a good move by Google to make them play only over Wi-Fi by default, as that can help to conserve cellular data usage.

source: androidandme
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 appears in more leaked photos, pre-order details also surface

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 event is now less than one week away, but if you need a little help making it there, the rumor mill is happy to hook you up.

A few new Galaxy Note 8 leaks have surfaced days before the phone’s official reveal. Several photos that claim to show the Note 8 have appeared on Weibo, depicting a handset that lines up with previous Note 8 image leaks. There’s a big display with curved edges and slims bezels around front, and the back of the device is home to a dual rear camera setup with a fingerprint reader to its right.


And then there’s Evan Blass, who has spilled some pre-order and launch info on the Note 8. He says that Samsung will begin taking pre-orders for its new flagship on August 24th and that a release is planned for September 15th.

Blass adds that pre-order customers in the U.S. will get a 256GB microSD card with their purchase as well as their choice of a convertible wireless charger or 360-degree camera. Note 8 pre-order customers in Europe will get a free DeX dock to go with their shiny new smartphone.

Finally, an alleged Galaxy Note 8 sales brochure has been posted by Ausdroid. While there’s not really much in the way of new information (the Note 8 has leaked a lot), the document does back up several of the Note 8 specs that’ve leaked previously. Included in the brochure are mentions of a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, dual cameras with 2x optical zoom, an iris scanner, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

While it seems like most of the Galaxy Note 8 has been leaked at this point, it’s still worth getting excited about the phone’s August 23rd reveal. There could still be an exciting detail or two that Samsung has up its sleeve, and once the Note 8 is official, we’ll get to see much more of it and try it out for ourselves.

Sources: Weibo, @evleaks, Ausdroid

source: androidandme
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Top 10 Android app updates this week: Waze, Truecaller

Welcome back to our weekly Top 10 Android App Updates column, where we take a look at the most frequently upgraded apps for the week. We’ve found that one of the best ways to discover useful apps is to find the ones that are actually being updated by the developers rather than selecting the apps with the most installs. As in the past, we’re going to filter out minor updates for the super-popular apps that have over 10 million installs, but we’ll make exceptions for apps that have had significant updates. We hope you enjoy this weekly feature and that you discover some apps that end up being useful.

Astro File Manager - Version 6.0.0



What’s new in this version:

  • New home screen
  • Fixed an issue with DropBox not copying files correctly
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


Waze – Version



What’s new in this version:

  • Flat tire? Request roadside help so Wazers around you can stop and lend a hand
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements


FltPlan Go - Version 4.0.5


FltPlan Go

What’s new in this version:

  • Improvements made to Mapping Features
  • Bug Fixes


Sync for reddit - Version 14.3.2


Sync for Reddit

What’s new in this version:

  • Added support for links
  • Added a setting to clear visited subreddit counts (Settings > History)
  • The base APK is now ~32% smaller
  • Added a new privacy menu to the settings (with options to disable Google Analytics & Crashlytics)
  • Added a few new emoticons (⌐■_■)
  • Added the option to customize what buttons are shown when in fixed, full sized and small card modes


Cartwheel by Target - Version 2.6.1

Cartwheel by Target

What’s new in this version:

  •  Updated Sign in
  • Privacy Policy updated 08/17
  • Bug Fixes and Experience Optimization


Hulu for Android TV - Version 2.0.3


Hulu TV

What’s new in this version:

  • You now have a whole separate page to peruse your Watchlist at your leisure.
  • We continuously strive to make our service more accessible to users with disabilities. We support text-to-speech features, which provide audio descriptions for all content – text, links, buttons, menus, you name it.
  • General performance improvements and bug fixes.


Pulse – Version 2.5.0



What’s new in this version:

  • Enhancements to global themes (more colors, separate accent colors, theme the conversation list while using per-conversation colors)
  • Pick between your system and the Android O emojis
  • Edit the recipients in a group conversation
  • Send messages from Android TV
  • Fixes, cleanup, and way more!


Canary – Smart Home Security - Version 2.7.0


Canary - Smart Home Security

What’s new in this version:

  • Improved Watch Live: Latency has been reduced. Enjoy a virtually real-time view of your home from the Canary app.
  • Two-way Canary Talk: Talk to anyone in your home from anywhere! Users with Canary Membership can watch live and speak through their Canary All-in-One like a walkie-talkie.
  • Desktop Streaming: Users with Canary Membership can log into to Watch Live or view video events from a browser.


Instagram – Version 10.34.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Send a photo or video reply to specific posts, photos, and videos in your inbox. Your reply will automatically include a sticker of what you’re replying to, and you can draw on the sticker.
  • Open a split-screen mode by tapping the sticker.


Treucaller – Version 8.33.0


What’s new in this version:

  • Improved battery and memory consumption
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
  • Spam Folder – keep all your junk spam SMS away from your Inbox
  • Many new themes including Pitch Black


source: androidandme
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Android O reveal event scheduled for August 21

We already know Android O exists and that it will arrive on some Android devices soon, but Google is planning a pretty big reveal party next week.

On August 21, there is going to be a total eclipse. There will also be a reveal party for Android O. Google has officially launched a countdown timer and has confirmed it will reveal the next major version of Android on August 21. The livestream will start at 2:40 PM ET, which perfectly coincides with the solar eclipse.

If you ask Google, they’ll tell you they’re “bringing some super (sweet) new powers” with Android O, but there’s no telling what that is at this moment because that’s about all Google says on the page. There are no new details about the platform, but it certainly sounds like they have things to talk about. And hopefully it will be more than just confirming the name of Android O.

Of course, we already know plenty about Android O. That includes picture-in-picture support on smartphones and more. Rumor has it that Pixel and Nexus devices will begin receiving the Android O update next week, so Google’s reveal party will probably see that become a reality.

Are you looking forward to the arrival of Android O?

source: androidandme
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T-Mobile launches BOGO deal for LG G6 and LG V20

If you’re a fan of buy one, get one deals, T-Mobile is back with another such offer, this time for LG phones.

Today T-Mobile announced a new BOGO deal for both the LG G6 and LG V20. The offer begins today, August 18, and there are a couple of caveats. First, you’ll need to buy both of the phones on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). Second, you’ll need to add a line to be eligible for the deal.

Once you’ve added that line and purchased that second phone with the EIP, you’ll need to head over to T-Mobile’s official Promotions Center and enter the code “17Q3LGBOGO.” Once that’s done, T-Mobile will send you a prepaid MasterCard worth up to $500 that will cover the cost of the second handset.

As far as the pricing goes, you’ll be paying $20 down and then $20 per month for 24 months for the LG G6. The LG V20 will cost you $0 down and $20 per month, which means it’ll retail for $480.

The G6 was LG’s flagship for early 2017, while the V20 launched last year and is getting replaced by the V30 soon. However, they’re both still solid phones, and for free, certainly worth it.

Anyone planning on taking advantage of the BOGO deal?

source: androidandme
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ASUS unleashes five new phones in ZenFone 4 series, each with a dual camera setup

We’ve been expecting a new ZenFone device from ASUS for a couple of weeks now, and today the company delivered and then some.

ASUS today introduced the ZenFone 4 and four different variants. Yep, there are five new ZenFone 4 series devices, and they’ve each got a dual camera setup.

The ZenFone 4 is packing dual rear cameras, one 12-megapixel with a Sony IMX362 sensor and f/1.8 aperture, while the other is an 8-megapixel camera with a 120-degree wide angle lens. ASUS is also talking up the ZenFone 4’s dual pixel PDAF, which the company says has an 0.03-second autofocus.

Also included with the ZenFone 4 is Android Nougat below ASUS’s custom ZenUI 4.0, which is running on a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display. There’s a Snapdragon 630/660 processor paired with 4/6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, fingerprint reader, a 3300mAh battery, and USB Type-C.

On the audio side of things, the ZenFone 4 offers dual speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and FM radio support.


Moving on, we meet the ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro, which features some beefed up specs over the non-Pro ZenFone 4. It’s got a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. Also included is a larger 3600mAh battery, USB-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint reader.

The ZenFone 4 Pro’s got dual rear cameras, with one 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor and a 16MP Sony IMX351 sensor, the latter of which offers 2x optical zoom. Around front there’s an 8-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED screen.


Then there’s the ZenFone 4 Max Pro, which is packing a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, Snapdragon 425/430 processor, 2/3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot. The dual rear cameras here include a 16MP standard camera and a secondary shooter with a 120-degree wide angle lens, and there’s a 16MP front-facing camera as well.

Rounding out the ZenFone 4 Max Pro’s feature set is a fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, and a beefy 5000mAh battery.


Next we’re moving to the selfie-centric ZenFone 4 models. The ZenFone 4 Selfie features dual front-facing cameras, with a 20MP main sensor with SelfieMaster beautification software and an 8MP wide angle sensor. Around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie also offers a 5.5-inch 1280×720 display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3000mAh battery. Rounding things out is a fingerprint reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.


Finally, we come to the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. This model offers a 12MP Sony IMX362 front camera with SelfieMaster beautification software as well as a secondary front camera with a 120-degree wide angle lens. There’s a 16MP camera on the back of the device, too.

The processor of the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is a Snapdragon 625, a step up from the non-Pro model. Also included in the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is 3/4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, a fingerprint reader, microUSB, a 3.5mm jack, and a 3000mAh battery.

ASUS plans to offer its ZenFone 4 series of phones in Asia first, with a global rollout to follow.

One other detail worth noting about these ZenFone 4 devices is that while they’re running Android Nougat now, ASUS has committed to updating them to Android O. The company plans to update is ZenFone 3 series of devices to Android O as well.

source: androidandme
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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Cavefall, Piece Out

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Snipers vs. Thieves

DescriptionSnipers vs Thieves is a REAL-TIME multiplayer heist game! Protect your stash as a deadly Sniper or LOOT your rivals as a gang of filthy Thieves! CREATE and UPGRADE a deck of epic gadgets ranging from big-head ammo, freeze bullets to the ever-reliable invisibility cloak.


Piece Out

DescriptionExercise a piece of your mind while you exercise peace of mind as you flip, slide and spin to untangle puzzles in Piece Out — a new innovative puzzle game from the creators of hit games DUET and Basket Fall.


Burgle Bros

DescriptionBurgle Bros requires stealth, planning and a little bit of luck. In the tradition of classic heist movies like Ocean’s 11 and The Italian Job, you assemble your crew, make a plan, and pull off the impossible.
Push your luck or play it safe – your decisions impact everyone on your team.


Star Pirates Infinity

Description: Fight for your place in the Galaxy! In Star Pirates Infinity, take control of 1 of 4 unique Factions, unleash powerful cards, and seize control of the battlefield.



DescriptionFRAMED 2 is a noir puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome of the story. Taking place before the events of the original game, FRAMED 2 is the follow up to Hideo Kojima’s 2014 Game Of The Year, FRAMED.


Snake Towers

Description:  On top of the tallest towers in the universe lives a snake like creature. Endlessly wandering around, looking for shiny objects and upgrades, in order to prolong his short existence. Slither from tower to tower looking for gold pieces that make your tail grow. Find rare gems and upgrades to help you on your journey.



DescriptionDescend the dark caves and uncover lost secrets with easy to learn single-tap controls. Kill enemies and avoid deadly traps to get the new highscore. Collect glowing orbs to unlock new powerful upgrades and powerups.


Flippy Knife

Description: Flip the knife in the forest! Become a great Master of knife flipping using the best knives from all over the world. Stick the knife back into the stump and collect combo. Jump on the shelves and collect treasure bags. Climb the trees and catch drone. Hit the target to open golden chest! 



Descriptioncities are glitching out! they need you, city witch! save the cities from their glitches solve turn-based puzzles on haunted city rooftops fly to haunted cities. land on rooftop puzzles. tap to move across tiles. bewitch arrows. avoid city spooks and dark things that skitter. face monstrous bosses.


Dino Run 2

DescriptionPlay as a small T-Rex Dino running away from the End of All Days! Random Generated World! Random Generated Obstacles! Challenging and Difficult! Complex control over the Jumping/Running! Rewarding in-game collecting System!


source: androidandme
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